New Keele University business school campus unveiled
England’s Keele University business school in Staffordshire has unveiled its new state of the art campus.
The Keele University business school, which spans three storeys, has an open-plan layout designed to enable staff and students to build networks and teamwork effectively.
The state-of-the-art campus includes a 22-seat lecture theatre, a ‘think lab’ study space, data laboratory, café and business lounge.
The financial market trading suite which has been designed based on the technology currently used by leading global investment banks will allow students to gain hands-on experience.
The new facility will house Keele’s accounting, business management, economics, finance, human resource management, international business, management and marketing students.
Prof Kurt Allman, director of Keele University business school, said: “The new home for Keele Business School will bring students, academics, entrepreneurs, and communities together to tackle commercial opportunities, create new business models, and work on society’s most pressing challenges.”
“I’m especially delighted to move into our new home during our 70th anniversary year and further strengthen Keele’s sector-leading student experience, via the provision of state-of-the-art facilities and an innovative learning and teaching environment.”
Smart Innovation Hub an investment in the future
The new Keele University business school campus will also be home to the Smart Innovation Hub.
This project was part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and includes space and support programmes for innovation-led businesses whilst also providing opportunities for students and staff to work collaboratively with the entrepreneurs and business owners, gaining invaluable networks and experience.
The Smart Innovation Hub forms a cornerstone of the ‘New Keele Deal’, a partnership between Keele University, Staffordshire County Council, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council and University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust.
The Deal is intended to underpin innovation-led growth in productivity in local business, improve healthcare, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and, importantly, provide more, higher paid jobs for local people.
In the 2019 National Student Survey (NSS), Keele’s business studies course was ranked in the Top 10 for overall student satisfaction.
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